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The MediaWiki software used to recognize inline ISBNs automatically. With the newest version of MediaWiki, the template {{ISBN}} should be used instead. For example, the wikitext {{ISBN|0-12-345678-9}} becomes ISBN 0-12-345678-9 (the dashes are optional), which corresponds to Special:Booksources/0123456789. This creates a link to the special page book sources, where readers can obtain more information about obtaining a copy of that particular book.

This function may be useful in helping users to determine which books were used as references for a specific article, because it provides links to various online bookstores. However, ISBNs only identify a specific edition of a book, and the reader will not see the full range of the versions of the book for sale. Therefore, do not use ISBNs alone as a means of identifying books; add a full and proper citation in addition to the ISBN. (See cite your sources for more information about proper citations.)

To discuss additions to the book sources page, please see Memory Alpha talk: Book sources.

See also

  • {{ISBN}} – the ISBN template
  • {{ASIN}} – a template for linking to other media on Amazon.com
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